Thornbury Radio set for return to airways

May 30 2017
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EFFORTS are being made by a new local consortium to bring community radio back to Thornbury.

EFFORTS are being made by a new local consortium to bring community radio back to Thornbury. 

A not-for-profit venture - Thornbury Media Community Interest Company - has been set up to bring a radio station to the airwaves in the town.

Two founder members of the original Thornbury FM, Glyn Roylance and David Wrench, are behind the venture.

That station broadcast to the town from November 2005 to April 2010 before becoming GLOSS FM to reflect its greater coverage area.

A licence application was then made in 2011 to the independent communications regulator Ofcom for a permanent FM licence but there were no clear frequencies available in the area.  Lack of funding eventually forced the station to close in June 2012.

But discussions with Ofcom on securing an FM frequency for the area have now re-started and the consortium is also looking into web broadcasting and DAB digital platforms for the proposed station.

Mr Roylance said: “Thornbury FM proved there was plenty of local talent to produce great local radio. Although Thornbury has a strong community spirit, it does not have a local radio station to help showcase the town.  

“Commercial stations don’t serve Thornbury, and the BBC stations focus on their regional briefs for Bristol, Gloucester and Somerset.  We want to fill that void and play our part in building an even stronger community spirit in Thornbury.”

Pictured right: A young Henry Wilmer on Thornbury FM before he went on to work in journalism